Based on Hamlet’s "To be or not to be" speech, Natural Shocks is a 65-minute, one-woman tour-de-force play—performed by playwright Lauren Gunderson—that bursts to life when we meet a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement. Her story—and the secret she reveals—puts the reality of guns in America front and center. Natural Shocks is part confessional, part stand-up, and part reckoning.

Based upon the recent guidance from the State of California and Marin County's Public Health Department regarding large gatherings, MTC is cancelling the Monday, March 16th reading of Natural Shocks due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This is a critical time to prioritize the safety and health of our patrons, employees, artists, and students, and we feel this is the most responsible action to take.

For those of you who will not be able to see this live performance of Natural Shocks, we are hoping to make a video recording of the production available at a later date for all current ticket holders. If you are interested in accessing a video recording of Natural Shocks to enjoy from the safety of your own home, please hold on to your current tickets until further notice. 

As a nonprofit arts organization, MTC relies heavily on the support of donors, subscribers, and single-ticket buyers. Individual support from patrons like you is crucial to our organization’s existence and MTC along with other arts organizations locally and globally are experiencing significant losses due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are not interested in watching the recorded live performance of Natural Shocks, we hope you will consider donating your tickets to the theater for a tax-deductible donation.

We continue to recommend that those who are sick or members of a vulnerable population remain at home. The City of San Francisco defines a vulnerable population as those 60 years old and older and/or those with certain health conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, and weakened immune systems.

The health and safety of you, our valued patrons, and our employees, artists, and students is of utmost importance. We will continue to follow the guidance of local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thank you for your continued patience and support of live theatre in Marin, and we hope everyone is staying safe.

Jasson Minadakis, Artistic Director | Jenna Deja, Interim Managing Director

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Performance Schedule

  • Lobby open at 6:00 PM for all general and VIP ticket holders
  • VIP Pre-show reception in the Lieberman Rehearsal Hall at 6:30 PM**
  • Reading w/ Lauren in the Boyer starting at 7:30 PM
  • Post-reading Q&A in the Boyer
  • VIP selfies back in the Lieberman Rehearsal Hall following the Q&A**

**for VIP ticket holders only


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Ticket Prices

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General 30.00 30.00

$30 General tickets: includes admission for the staged reading and the post-show Q&A with Lauren Gunderson.

$60 VIP tickets: includes access to a VIP pre-show reception with Lauren Gunderson, admission to the staged reading and post-show Q&A, PLUS a private selfie session with Lauren Gunderson after the Q&A. Premiere Center Section VIP seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Discounts

There are no discounts available for this event.

PURCHASED TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

If purchasing online, please reach out with any questions to our Box Office team before confirming your payment.  Please note: Tickets are subject to resale starting 5 minutes before curtain. 


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Cast

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Angela

    Lauren Gunderson (she/her/hers) is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), Marin Theatre Co (I and You), The Denver Center (The Book of Will), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse (Bauer), and many more. Her work is published at Playscripts, Dramatists, and Samuel French (Emilie). Her children's book “Blast Off To The Moon! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog" comes out next May. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

    Lauren Gunderson is in residence with MTC through of the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

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  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren Gunderson (she/her/hers) is the most produced living playwright in America of 2016, winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), Marin Theatre Co (I and You), The Denver Center (The Book of Will), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), San Francisco Playhouse (Bauer), and many more. Her work is published at Playscripts, Dramatists, and Samuel French (Emilie). Her children's book “Blast Off To The Moon! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog" comes out next May. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

    Lauren Gunderson is in residence with MTC through of the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

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  • Ari Afsar

    Ari Afsar

    Singer & Composer

    Ari is a singer/songwriter with placements on ABC, Disney, and an On-Demand feature. A graduate of Ethnomusicology Jazz from UCLA, Afsar just released her debut EP, "Somewhere I Thought I'd Be." Afsar is the creator/composer of Jeannette, a musical about the first woman elected into Congress. Jeannette was recently developed at the O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference where Afsar won the 2019 Georgia Bogardus Holof Lyricist Award . She recently has composed a piece entitled Allegory directed by Sammi Cannold and Emily Maltby produced by the La Jolla Playhouse, which re-imagines the story of American Womanhood over the last 100 years composed of a cast of 20 professional and 100 non-professional performers. She has opened for Michelle Obama at the Shrine Auditorium, performed at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and opened for Bryan Stevenson at the ACLU national conference in D.C.. She was the original Eliza Hamilton in Chicago's production of Hamilton, Miss California 2010, top 10 at Miss America 2011, a top 36 American Idol Alum, and is about to star in LJP/McCarter Theater's Bhangin' It. She has been an advocate/performer/and public speaker for The Women's March, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, CharacterStrong, The Social Innovation Summit, Nexus Global, The University of Chicago, The MoveOn rally on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, and The United State of Women.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

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